How can we use digital identity to unlock digital transformation in the NHS and social care?

We live in a world where our online identities represent us in digital daily. We are sharing our personal data with various platforms and often do not even know what data is available publicly and what is kept private. Today, digital identity is seen as a real opportunity and a driver of transformational change for the government, citizens, and businesses. It is becoming increasingly apparent that having a digital identity is becoming a requirement in the UK.

Healthcare is one of the industries that is receiving huge benefits from being involved in a digital identity circle. Fast identification is crucial for efficient and effective delivery of health services in the UK on both the health professional and patient sides.

How can we use digital identity to unlock digital transformation in the NHS and social care?
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While it is no secret – the topic of digital identity has been in the works for years – the pandemic taught us to expect the unexpected. Considering the technological expertise existing in the UK, we are in an ideal position to lead this field, push innovation, create standards, and share this expertise all over the world.

This paper explores the state of digital identity as it is, its transformation capabilities, the challenge, and a prime example of its implementation in the NHS Digital Staff Passports Programme. This discussion is supported by the comments from Sitekit Roundtable attendees that took place at Digital Health Rewired on 15 March 2022.

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